BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Design (add-on)

Course Duration
1 Year (add-on)
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
26 Places

Course Summary

Sustainable Designers have become a new generation of professional Design and development engineers building on their Level 7 knowledge and experience in Mechanical or Electronic Engineering. This one-year honours degree add-on will teach students how to successfully design, implement, manage and develop products conforming to the new sustainability directives.

Design Engineers require knowledge, understanding and competencies in a range of areas relating to the needs and future requirements of products sympathetic to conservation of energy, as well as an ability to quantify energy usage of existing products and make recommendations/proposals for more efficient energy usage. There is an ever increasing requirement to design and re-engineer products in an energy conscious manner which comply with legislative and technical issues (including ecological considerations, finite material resources and most particularly the consequences of excessive energy consumption) and adopt a holistic view of design to incorporate product life cycle management.

Learn how to successfully design, implement, manage and develop products conforming to the new sustainability directives. Sustainability involves many disciplines; hence there is a need to broaden the horizons of conventional engineering education.

The course is designed with seven mandatory modules, based on a central theme of professional engineering development and sustainable design practices. You can then select five technology specific modules (electives) to further develop your core competence in a specific discipline of either Mechanical or Electronic Engineering.

On completion of this course, graduates will have an understanding of global environmental and social concerns, and will be equipped for a successful career as a design engineer.

They should be able to:

  • Design and re-engineer products in an energy conscious manner – be ethical and profitable at the same time Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and competencies in a range of areas relating to the needs and future requirements of products sympathetic to conservation of energy.
  • Quantify energy usage of existing products and make recommendations for more efficient energy usage.
  • Have an understanding of physical fundamentals which describe renewable energy sources and an ability to originate means of harnessing these sources.
  • Adopt a holistic view of design to incorporate product life cycle management.
  • Have an understanding of the state-of-the-art practices in sustainable product development and manufacturing including industrial ecology, life cycle assessment and modelling techniques.
  • Have an awareness of the evolution of environmental sustainability concepts and associated governmental regulations and business response on a global scale.
  • Minimise the use of materials and parts which are potentially harmful to the environment.

In a rapidly developing industry, new job titles will inevitably emerge. The list below indicates potential career positions:

  • Design Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Electronic Engineer
  • Energy Management/ Consultant
  • Energy Component & Systems Design
  • Conformance Engineer
  • Patent Examiner

Some of our past graduates are employed in the following companies:

  • Intel Corporation
  • Multihog
  • Project Engineering
  • Suretank Ltd.
  • Valeo Vision Systems
  • Cameron Ireland
  • Hilti (Gt. Britain) Ltd.
  • ASML Eindhoven
  • Tarpon Energy Services
  • Xtratherm

Follow on courses:

  • MSc in Renewable Energy Systems

Graduates can progress to Master’s Degree both Nationally and Internationally. Past graduates have completed such Masters in Queen’s University Belfast, DCU, DIT as well as the Masters in Renewable Energy at DkIT.

Please find information on fees and funding here 

Applicants to this course should have successfully completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Ord.) in Mechanical or Electronic Engineering, or equivalent, with an overall Pass and a minimum overall average of 50% achieved in one sitting.

Applicants holding different award titles are invited to apply to the Institute in order to determine the suitability of their award for admission onto this course

Pat McCormick (Head of Department of Electronic & Mechanical Engineering)
Phone: +353 42 9370273
Email: pat.mccormick@dkit.ie

Padraig McGuigan (Head of Section of Mechanical Engineering )
Phone: +353 42 9370698
Email: padraig.mcguigan@dkit.ie

Course ID DKA40
Level 8
Duration 1 Year (add-on)
Places 26
School School of Engineering
Department Electronic and Mechanical Engineering
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
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How to Apply

To apply for this course

Download and complete the Add-On Degree Programme Application Form below and submit to:

Admissions Office

Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dundalk, Co. Louth

T: +353 (0)42 9370230

E: admissions@dkit.ie

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